A huge outburst of charity always follows a terrible disaster, but that can fade as the news cycle moves on to fresher news. It’s important to always remember the road to recovery is long, painful, and expensive. Sometimes the biggest impact you can make is to donate to charities well after the disaster has passed.
With that in mind, here are eight different charities still helping to rebuild after devastation hit the Philippines.
The Philippine Red Cross is the logical starting place. A little trickier if you want to write a check, since you’ll have to mail it to Manila, but you can also just use Paypal. Don’t be confused when the provided link suggests giving to Typhoon Yolanda relief. These storms are one and the same (Haiyan is the Japanese name, Yolanda the Philippine).
Oxfam is one of the most powerful and reputable non-government charity organizations, and is typically a good bet if you want to make sure your money is used appropriately.
Medecins Sans Frontieres, known in the US as Doctors Without Borders, tends to be more upfront about the fact that your donation dollars sometimes go to help all sorts of projects, not just the ones that prompted you to donate in the first place, but their missions of providing medical treatment to those who can’t afford it is always in demand and always worth donating to.
Catholic Relief Services is focusing on providing clean water, temporary housing, and other basic needs to displaced refugees.
Another religious-based organization, World Vision‘s efforts have gone toward food and clean water, focusing primarily on families with children. It has established a separate fund just for typhoon relief.
As the name implies, the World Food Program, run by the UN, focuses on providing food to those in most need of it. They also work to keep the basic communication and transportation infrastructure operational, so resources can get where they need to go.
Americares has sent $1.4 million in medical supplies and care to the Philippines so far. That number sounds impressive, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what’s needed.
Another incredibly easy-to-donate-to organization, Mercy Corps provides a variety of humanitarian services and is very upfront about how it spends its money.
Habitat for Humanity is focusing its efforts on literal rebuilding. The donations it collects go toward providing tools and assistance to piece back together the homes Haiyan took away.
OK, this last one isn’t so much an organization, but you should really make sure you give cash, not canned goods or other resources you’ve collected. Charity organizations are very good at stretching every dollar as far as possible. Canned green beans and cream of mushroom soup isn’t quite as flexible. Let the charity organizations decide the best use of your money.
Of course, there are many, many more options available that aren’t listed here. Just be sure to always take special precautions to make sure you’re not donating to any scams. Awful as it sounds, they do exist, preying on the generosity of others.